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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Just observations trying to stimulate conversation.....

 

 

  1. Reel to Reel and phonograph, headphones
  2. Cassette and 8-track
  3. The Sony "Walkman"
  4. Digital Audio (the CD)
  5. In Ear Monitors
  6. I-Tunes/Digital music online.
  7. Portable amps.
  8. Really Good IEM's  (last 5-7 years progress)

 

I remember back in about 1975 paying in the $200-300 range for a Pioneer cassette tape deck and a Sansui and then a Marantz receiver.  It was audio bliss.  Funny here we are 40 years later and at least the receivers still sound and cost about the same.

 

#3 Was certainly huge.....to be able to "carry music around" with you.  Sound was dreadful but very convenient.  Certainly no revelation in SQ as it was all about portability.

 

#4 Was also huge.  I remember the very first cd I listened to was 1982... Michael Jackson "Thriller".  Jaw dropping SQ period!  No snap crackle or pop.

 

#8 To me is the most astonishing revelation,  yet so few know how good portable sound can be???  It's almost a cult following.  Simply put, the general public doesn't care about SQ.  What they consider "premium sound" stereos in cars is crap these days.  My Bose premium system in my car....is crap.   $10 earbuds is perfectly fine for probably 95-98% of the people.  I don't have the stats at hand but I would venture to say that if you have a pair of IEM's that you paid $100 or more for, you probably have better SQ than 99.5% of the public.  If you spent over $400 (triple, quad drivers, etc) you are probably in an elite category of perhaps better SQ than 99.99% of the public.    YES, maybe 1 in 10,000 people buys a $400 IEM.  Again I don't have the data but think my estimates are reasonable.

 

#7  As I stare at the list #6 is a pretty amazing product.  Would we all agree that super portable and clean amplificaton is an amazing breakthrough allowing no limits on portability of sound with any type of IEM or headphone?

 

#6  Terrible.  Destroyed brick and mortar record stores.  I see very little "positive" about this one.  Have little else to say on this.  I don't see any advantages over being able to buy hard copies of the product and ripping.


Edited by Spyro - 2/28/14 at 4:13pm
post #2 of 9

Off the top of my head, portable music:

 

1. Li-Ion rechargeable batteries.

2. 2TB 2.5inch HDD with USB.

3. 256gb flash drive.

4. Processors that do all the processing, smaller and cheaper.

5. Software

 

If you can stream your music from the cloud you don't even need all that memory.


Edited by wuwhere - 2/28/14 at 5:33pm
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Oops...Sorry, meant to post this in "Sound Science" section.

 

Moderator....please feel free to move.  Thank you.

post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by Spyro View Post
 

Just observations trying to stimulate conversation.....

 

 

  1. Reel to Reel and phonograph, headphones
  2. Cassette and 8-track
  3. The Sony "Walkman"
  4. Digital Audio (the CD)
  5. In Ear Monitors
  6. I-Tunes/Digital music online.
  7. Portable amps.
  8. Really Good IEM's  (last 5-7 years progress)

 

I remember back in about 1975 paying in the $200-300 range for a Pioneer cassette tape deck and a Sansui and then a Marantz receiver.  It was audio bliss.  Funny here we are 40 years later and at least the receivers still sound and cost about the same.

 

#3 Was certainly huge.....to be able to "carry music around" with you.  Sound was dreadful but very convenient.  Certainly no revelation in SQ as it was all about portability.

 

#4 Was also huge.  I remember the very first cd I listened to was 1982... Michael Jackson "Thriller".  Jaw dropping SQ period!  No snap crackle or pop.

 

#8 To me is the most astonishing revelation,  yet so few know how good portable sound can be???  It's almost a cult following.  Simply put, the general public doesn't care about SQ.  What they consider "premium sound" stereos in cars is crap these days.  My Bose premium system in my car....is crap.   $10 earbuds is perfectly fine for probably 95-98% of the people.  I don't have the stats at hand but I would venture to say that if you have a pair of IEM's that you paid $100 or more for, you probably have better SQ than 99.5% of the public.  If you spent over $400 (triple, quad drivers, etc) you are probably in an elite category of perhaps better SQ than 99.99% of the public.    YES, maybe 1 in 10,000 people buys a $400 IEM.  Again I don't have the data but think my estimates are reasonable.

 

#7  As I stare at the list #6 is a pretty amazing product.  Would we all agree that super portable and clean amplificaton is an amazing breakthrough allowing no limits on portability of sound with any type of IEM or headphone?

 

#6  Terrible.  Destroyed brick and mortar record stores.  I see very little "positive" about this one.  Have little else to say on this.  I don't see any advantages over being able to buy hard copies of the product and ripping.


A few comments.

 

Somewhere on the list the following revelations should be added:

 

Condenser and ribbon microphones

 

AM/FM Radio

 

Stereo recording

 

45 rpm singles

 

Long Playing Records (33-1/3 rpm)

 

Acoustic suspension speakers

 

Transitors

 

Lossy and lossless compression

 

The original iPod

 

SACD and DVD-Audio - both of which introduced the concept of high resolution digital audio to the public.

 

And #6 I-Tunes/Digital music online. should be revised to add Napster - which really kick started the whole computer based music playback revolution.

post #5 of 9

You left out the biggest improvement... the dedicated media server computer... Perfect sound, your entire music collection on a single hard drive, instant search capability using your smart phone, wireless streaming all over your home. Since I set up a media server, I listen to more music, I listen to more of my collection, and I listen smarter with automatically generated smart playlists. This totally blows away everything that came before because it frees music from only being accessed linearly or through a physical object.

post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by bigshot View Post
 

You left out the biggest improvement... the dedicated media server computer... Perfect sound, your entire music collection on a single hard drive, instant search capability using your smart phone, wireless streaming all over your home. Since I set up a media server, I listen to more music, I listen to more of my collection, and I listen smarter with automatically generated smart playlists. This totally blows away everything that came before because it frees music from only being accessed linearly or through a physical object.


Duh! How did I miss that considering that I have a dedicated media server computer and have been using various Squeezebox streaming music players since late in 2006.

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

Yes, bring it on.  In my narrow-minded tech deficient abilities....I have missed many revelations.

 

I am absolutely floored how an IEM can give such a sense of "space" and soundstage.   Such an engineering marvel IMHO....

 

But all in all, is is a little disheartening that the masses care little about good audio SQ.  Or am I missing the fact that even crappy equipment provides generally acceptable SQ (not to us but to most).

post #8 of 9

The CD was a revelation in audio sound quality as well as convenience compared to cassette or LPs.

 

IEMs are amazing for the sound quality that can come out of something that small.

 

music servers are the ultimate in convenience as well as matching the quality of CDs.

post #9 of 9

The Fender Stratocaster.

 

It wasn't the first electric guitar, but it was so perfectly designed 60 years ago that it continues virtually unchanged today and it has never lost its importance.

 

Somewhere, the next star of tomorrow is probably picking up his or her first Strat today.

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